Keller Town Center is getting an upscale dine-in movie theater.Austin-based Moviehouse & Eatery has purchased nine acres at Rufe Snow Drive and Keller Parkway for one of its upscale theaters. The project was approved last month by Keller officials.“We feel that the Keller community is a perfect fit for our upscale concept,” said Tiffany Speaks, a co-owner, in a statement. “While Moviehouse & Eatery provides a great date-night option, we are also committed to being a family-friendly entertainment destination.The theater will have eight auditoriums in more than 42,000 square feet. Each theater will have reserved seating in plush electric recliners, wall-to-wall screens, and a full menu and bar.Diners can eat at the restaurant and bar even if they are not going to the movie.Richard Myers, managing director of Realty Capital Management, which sold the land, said the movie theater will be a good addition to the development.“We have been working with the Town of Keller for a number of years to find the perfect concept for this property and are very excited to have made the connection with Moviehouse & Eatery,” he said.Construction should begin this summer, with the theater expected to open in summer 2014.Moviehouse & Eatery has a location in the Four Points neighborhood in northwest Austin.Mark Boone with Realty Capital Management represented the seller. Debi Carter with Hudson Peters Commercial represented the buyer.DFW exec honored at White HouseJim Crites, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport’s executive vice president of operations, made a trip to the White House on Wednesday.Crites was honored along with 11 other transportation executives from around the country as Transportation Champions of Change.Crites was nominated by the Federal Aviation Administration for overseeing DFW’s test and implementation of next-generation technology for the FAA, including an airport surface detection system that helps air traffic controllers detect runway conflicts. The airport has also tested new flight paths and worked on a new surveillance system that will replace radar as the primary method for air traffic control.“The mission to improve aviation safety and efficiency that is at the heart of NextGen does not succeed without a great deal of collaboration across the aviation sector, and our nation is already benefiting from the work we’re all doing together to improve our air traffic control systems,” Crites said in a statement. He added that he was humbled by the White House distinction.The White House routinely honors executives and local leaders in various industries as part of its Champions of Change program.Microsoft coming to ArlingtonIf Apple can have its own brick-and-mortar stores, why not Microsoft?The software giant opened a number of retail outlets as popups in malls during the holiday season.On Wednesday, Microsoft announced it will open a permanent location in The Parks at Arlington mall on June 5, its first specialty store in Tarrant County. It already has similar shops in Frisco and the Woodlands.The specialty store will have a limited or, in the company’s jargon, “curated” selection of the best Microsoft products, in contrast to its “retail” stores that carry a full line produced by the Redmond, Wash.-based corporation. The larger format stores are already found in Austin, Houston and San Antonio.
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